A WORD IN ITS SEASON by Abba Hillel Silver


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This is the second volume of Silver's sermons, addresses, and writings. The emphasis is on statements delivered on the occasion of liturgical events or of political occurrences, and the pieces fall generally into four categories, according to their subject-matter: faith, the meaning of life, history, and recollections. The most interesting of the pieces are those in the field of history and the ""Memorial Tributes"" (to Woodrow Wilson, Pius XI, Isaac Mayer Wise, Spinoza, John F. Kennedy, etc.). The former, especially, deal largely--though not exclusively--with Jewish history and civilization and its impact upon the Western world, and they are admirable (and pointed) surveys of a subject which, in less capable hands, could easily be, and has been, the victim of merciless distortion. Rabbi Silver was one of the great Jewish figures on this century, and his writings and addresses will be important material for students of contemporary Jewish affairs and intellectual life.

Pub Date: May 29th, 1970
Publisher: World